December 12, 1907 - October 10, 1977
|Jeffery Clarence Bibbons was a native New Orleanian having been born in that city on December 12, 1907, the third child of Simon and Albertine Pardo Bibbons. He was additionally nurtured in a Christian home by a grandfather who was also in the ministry. Educated in the New Orleans public school system, Jeffery matriculated at Dillard University, from which he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. He later studied at the Scarritt School for Christian Workers, now Scarritt College, as well as Tuskeegee Institute, Tuskeegee, Alabama.
Ordained in the United Methodist ministry in 1941, he not only served his church but worked for the State of Louisiana as a social worker for several of those early years. He had served five appointments, mostly in New Orleans, before he accepted the District Superinten-dency of the Shreveport District. At the completion of work on the Shreveport District, Jeffery was appointed to the pastorate of Grace Church, New Orleans, which he held until his death on October 10, 1977, after a brief illness.
Jeffery Bibbons will be remembered for his long tenure as Secretary of Louisiana Annual Conference B prior to merger. He was serving in this capacity up to merger in 1971 and continued as part of the new Conference secretarial staff until his last year.
Very popular in fraternal circles, he achieved the distinction of becoming a 33rd Degree Mason and held various offices in that body. There were other interests which he followed in the civic, social and religious fields including that of membership in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
He was first wed to Evelyn Skillings of New Orleans who walked by his side through most of his ministry of 35 years and 5 months. From this union there is a daughter, Mrs. James Edward Cyrus (Jeffreda) and three grandchildren. In 1972 Reverend Bibbons was joined in wedlock to Mrs. Emma Pearl Lover of Shreveport and became the father of four step-sons. The present Mrs. Bibbons, well known in Shreveport United Methodist circles, mourns his loss along with other members of the family and the clergy fraternity of the United Methodist Church.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1978; p. 170 By Robert F. Harrington|